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Mass media and attitudes to inequality

Debora Di Gioacchino and Alina Verashchagina ()

No 178, Working Papers from University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics

Abstract: We aim to investigate which is the potential of various mass media to influence individuals’ attitude to inequality. A theoretical model is proposed to formalize how preferences towards redistribution are formed. It is then tested empirically by using the data from the EuropeanSocial Survey offering information on the time people spend watching TV and using internet. Massmedia are assumed to affect the value people attach to equality, and in particular equality ofopportunity, which is reflected in their attitude towards income redistribution. This process is modeled by using the ordered probit technique and the conditional mixed process estimator. Moreover, by estimating the dose-response function, we highlight that the relation between exposure to mass media and attitudes to inequality is non-linear. We also test the impact of various media market and personal characteristics and point out some cross-country differences is the way attitudesto inequality are shaped

Keywords: mass media; attitudes to inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L82 D63 D31 D72 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-ict and nep-pol
Date: 2017-05
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